Country Life Every Week - - Fireside -

A hag­gard is a fal­con caught in the wild as an adult, often at the end of mi­gra­tion when they were thin and bedrag­gled after a long jour­ney. Hag is still used as a deroga­tory term

Un­der the thumb/wrapped around his lit­tle fin­ger

A fal­con has a leash or jess to re­strain it. A fal­coner will put the jess strings un­der his thumb or around his fin­ger when car­ry­ing the bird to pre­vent it from fly­ing off

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